Booktopia YA Buzz
December 2013 | Edition 11
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December has arrived!

There are really only two human responses to this very special month. The first goes a little something like this: "Christmas time! Hooray!" And the second is more like: "Christmas shopping! Nooooooo!"


But there's a very simple solution to all your Christmas shopping woes. Just give everyone a book. All people everywhere love to read, especially young adults!

And if you happen to know a young adult who doesn't love to read then they are obviously in dire need of help. Give them a book and force* them to read it.

This month we have a whole range of exciting new titles in Young Adult Fiction, as well as a selection of the very best Young Adult books of 2013.

Happy reading!

Sarah McDuling
Editor
Booktopia Young Adult Buzz


*Booktopia in no way condones the use of violence when forcing young adults to read. Bribery works much better. Try withholding the Christmas pudding until the first chapter has been read.
 
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Susan Ee


Penryn is back from the (supposed) dead in World After, ready for another epic journey across an apocalyptic wasteland, full of killer angels and flesh-eating, mechanical-monster children. Yay!! 

(Disclaimer: this book will give you the most amazing nightmares.)

World After is the long anticipated follow up to  Angelfall. Originally a self-published ebook, Angelfall proved so insanely popular that it wasn't long before publishing houses got into a bidding war over the rights to the series. Since then, the film rights have been sold and fans worldwide have been anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. 

These books are crazy addictive. They're also pretty hard to define. This isn't your average fallen angel paranormal romance. Nor is it a typical dystopian adventure.  It has elements of fantasy and science fiction thrown together in a refreshingly original mix. I love a good genre mash-up, and this one is just insane. In a good way!

With it's explosive combination of adventure, romance and horror, World After will more than satisfy fans of Angelfall. My poor fellow fans. We have been left dangling from a pretty spectacular cliffhanger since the end of the last book. But the wait is over now and, I'm relieved to say, World After is everything I hoped for and more.

The perfect read for fans of Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver and Carrie Ryan.



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DECEMBER PICKS
Check out these exciting new titles coming out this month, just in time for Christmas. Paranormal romance, space opera and dystopian adventure. What more could you ask for?

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Click here to orderSarah says: This book is being described as "Titanic in Space." Obviously this is the coolest thing I have ever heard. I'm on board! "On board," get it? Because it's a space ship and... Okay, nevermind.

Just read the blurb and tell me this doesn't sound amazing:

Blurb:
A young socialite and a war hero crash on an uncharted planet in this timeless and romantic love story of Titanic proportions.

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder - would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

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HORIZON by Alyson Noël
Click here to orderSarah says: A new book from bestselling author, Alyson Noël!

This is the fourth book in the Soul Seekers series, following on from Fated, Echo and Mystic.

Perfect for fans of Jessica Shirvington, Julie Kagawa and P.C. Cast.

Blurb: Now that she's gained mastery over her powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire Santos faces her ultimate enemy, the Richter family.

But on the horizon is a new and even deadlier foe, a powerful prophet determined to help the Richters bring about the end of the world.

And even worse, the prophet's daughter is someone painfully close to Daire... Dace's ex-girlfriend Phyre.

With the odds stacked against her and foes at every turn, will Daire survive long enough to create the future she desires with Dace. Will love truly be enough to conquer all?

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ASSUNDER by Jodi Meadows
Click here to orderSarah says: Asunder was published in hardcover back in January and is now finally available in paperback. This is the second book in a series I have been meaning to read for ages. The first book, Incarnate, was very well received and drew comparisons to some of my favourite YA authors like Kristin Cashore and Rae Carson.

I am definitely intrigued and will be adding this series to my Christmas list. And the best part about starting the series now is that the third book, Infinite, is coming out in hardcover this January! You can Pre Order your copy here.

Blurb:
The thrilling and romantic second novel in the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.

As a Newsoul, Ana has always felt alone. Some residents of Heart are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable change and the unknown.

When the people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself, but also for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Romantic and action-filled, the rich world of Asunder is perfect for fans of epic fantasy, like Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, while Ana's courage to expose the cracks in society and fight for what is right is ideal for fans of dystopian novels.

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THE BLOODLINES SERIES by Richelle Mead
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I just really want Richelle Mead to be my best friend. Can someone please make this happen? Thank you in advance! 

I have only recently discovered Richelle Mead and the Bloodlines series. I'm late to the party, I know. I'm ashamed to confess it, but I have not actually read The Vampire Academy books - although I fully intend to read them as soon as possible (after all, they were written by my future best friend). My plan is to read the series before the Vampire Academy movie comes out next year. But honestly, I can't imagine how it could be any better than the Bloodlines series. 

I picked up Bloodlines knowing nothing about Moroi or Strigoi. I was unfamiliar with dhampirs and alchemists - not to mention the amazing work of genius that is Adrian Ivashkov. 

I had heard people raving about Richelle Mead. I was curious so I just went ahead and jumped into the Bloodlines series with no prior knowledge of the characters or the world. And within pages I was utterly spellbound.


Now, four books later, I am a fully fledged, crazy fangirl plotting ways to make Richelle Mead my new BFF. (As God is my witness, I will make it happen!) This series is a gem and would make the perfect Christmas present for fans of Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong and Holly Black.


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BLOODLINES:
BOOK 1
  THE GOLDEN LILY: BOOK 2
  THE INDIGO SPELL
BOOK 3
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CURRENTLY READING
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by Aimee Carter


I'm halfway through this book at the moment and totally hooked. Pawn has two key factors that are guaranteed to win me over every time. Secret identities and rebels!

Our heroine, Kitty Doe, is masquerading as someone she is not! It's all very tense and exciting. Also, there is a rebellion. Which means there are rebels running around being awesome.  Rebels are the BEST!

From the author of The Goddess Test series, Pawn is the first book in an exciting new dystopian series, perfect for fans of Veronica Roth and Kiera Cass.

Blurb: You can be a VII. If you give up everything.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies, and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE MONTH
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Sarah says: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a deliciously creepy little tale, soon to be made into a Tim Burton movie. I love it, and from the looks of things, this graphic novel adaptation perfectly brings to life the spooky, old-timey charm of the book.

Blurb:
When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine's home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir up his youthful imagination. Or were they...?

Following his grandfather's death - a scene Jacob literally couldn't believe with his own eyes - the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather's tall tales. But even his grandfather's elaborate yarns couldn't prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!


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THE ULTIMATE TOP TWELVE YOUNG ADULT READS OF 2013
You know how when someone asks you to pick your five favourite anythings and it feels like the hardest question you have ever faced in your entire life?

Well, picking the five best Young Adult books of 2013 is impossible. I know because I tried and failed. The best I could do was compile a list of twelve awesome reads, covering all the many subgenres available in YA Fiction.

This was reeeeeeally hard, you guys. I suffered agonies of indecision. Just thinking about all the amazing books that didn't make the cut gets me feeling all emotional...

So here they are! The Top Twelve of 2013! The very best of the best in YA Fiction!
OSTRICH
by Matt Greene
  MORE THAN THIS
by Patrick Ness
  FORGIVE ME LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick
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WILDLIFE
by Fiona Wood
  THE BONE DRAGON
by Alexia Casale
  ELEANOR & PARK
by Rainbow Rowell
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THE EYE OF MINDS
by James Dashner
  THE 5TH WAVE
by Rick Yancy
  CHASING THE VALLEY
by Skye Melki Wegner
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FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS
by Allyse Near
  THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER
by Megan Shepherd
  PAPER VALETNINE
by Brenna Yovanoff
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NEW ADULT
WARNING: New Adult fiction is targeted at post High School teens and early twenty-somethings. These books are about being young and reckless, falling in love for the first time and experimenting with the kinds of irresponsible behavior commonly associated with the crazy youth of today. 

In other words, these books are bit naughty. If you are not old enough to vote, then you are too young for this section!

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SIMPLE PERFECTION by Abbi Glines
Click here to orderSarah says: Abbi Glines is the undisputed Queen of New Adult Fiction. No one can write young love with quite as much sizzle as  Queen Abbi!  Her books are like crack for New Adult addicts, and Simple Perfection is no exception.

Star-crossed lovers from very different backgrounds, Woods and Della, are back in Simple Perfection - the sequel to Abbi Glines bestselling New Adult romance Twisted Perfection.

Blurb: Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents' dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he'd ever wanted.

Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future.

Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she's quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she's run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can't be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her.

But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?


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TRUST IN ME
by J. Lynn
  CRASH INTO YOU
by Katie McGarry
  WHITE TRASH DAMAGED
by Teresa Mummert
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